Environment, body size impact winter calf nutrition
Care given to dairy calves needs to change in the winter to meet the animals’ higher maintenance requirements. FULL STORY »
Time for a check-up on winter water sources
We often think about focusing on water supply for dairy cattle during the summer when water intake is the highest and heat stress occurs. However, limited water availability is often an issue during the winter months. FULL STORY »
Heifers have specific transition needs
The increased focus on transition-cow care has been a benefit to both animal well-being and dairy enterprise profitability. But don’t forget about first-calf heifers, which have their own, unique transition needs. FULL STORY »
Winter feeding – don’t just add fat!
Calves need extra nutrients to withstand cold temperatures. But the experts at Grober Animal Nutrition say it’s not as easy as simply adding a little more fat to their rations. FULL STORY »
Do calves get SARA?
Subacute rumen acidosis (SARA) is a condition most commonly associated with adult dairy cows. But can calves get SARA, too? Dr. Jim Quigley with Provimi North America addresses this question. FULL STORY »
Avoid heifer growth bottlenecks
Heifers go through many growth stages on their path to maturity. Most dairy producers and heifer raisers do a good job of managing heifers throughout most of these stages, but a variety of bottlenecks can limit heifer potential and hamper management excellence. FULL STORY »
Aflatoxin warning for dairy calves
Aflatoxin isn’t just a major concern in lactating cows. The toxin can deliver a huge blow to a calf as it damages the liver and subsequently the young animal’s immune system. FULL STORY »
DairyCents now available for Android
The Penn State Extension Dairy Team’s mobile app, DairyCents, is now available for download on Android devices. It can be used to calculate income over feed cost and make feed-price comparisons. FULL STORY »